Sony AXS-R7 X-OCN (Original Camera Negative)

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As many suspected, Sony’s new AXS-R7 Recorder does a lot more than 4K RAW, full resolution 120p recording, and 30 second caching. Why else would it be larger than its older brother, the R5? The big news is X-OCN.     In addition to 16-bit linear RAW, the AXS-R7 will record Sony’s new 16-bit X-OCN format. X-OCN stands for eXtended… read more…

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Meeting Sony Designers and Planners in Tokyo

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Meeting the Designers and Planners Shinagawa sits on the southeastern shore of Tokyo, just before you hit Tokyo Bay. It’s a collection of modern highrise office towers housing many of the area’s major corporations. The large building with the diamond patterned exoskeleton (above) is Sony’s Shinagawa Headquarters in Sony City. Peter Crithary, Sony’s Manager for large sensor cameras (below, far… read more…

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King Peter (DENZ) Sensor Positioning Gauge

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King Peter (KP for short) is the latest optical measuring device for professional digital cinema cameras from DENZ. It provides accurate measurements of the image sensor’s position—including the optical center, rotation around the optical axis, and any deviation of the chip away from perpendicular. read more…

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The Rolling Stones in Cuba—Worldwide Release

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The Rolling Stones Havana Moon feature-length film of the historic concert by The Rolling Stones in Havana, Cuba will be shown on September 23, 2016, for one night only, in cinemas around the world. Directed by Paul Dugdale (Adele, Coldplay) this concert film features ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’, ‘It’s Only Rock ’n Roll’, ‘Gimme Shelter’, ‘Brown Sugar’, ‘Satisfaction’ and more. The concert film and documentary were produced by JA Digital. SR Films handled all outside broadcast services, with PhotoCineRent Paris providing cameras, lenses, controls and heads. read more…

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Paralinx ACE

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Paralinx updated their ACE close-range, zero delay, uncompressed wireless system. The chassis is improved and the DC IN connector is now a professional grade 2-pin LEMO. read more…

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Brexit, Part 2

Yas Mitsuwa, Business Development Director, Import Dept. NAC Image Technology Inc. in Japan, spoke with two industry insiders and finds out their take on the Brexit vote in the UK. Ronan Girre is Chief Executive & Head of Studies of ace (ateliers du cinema european) in Paris, France—a center for training and development to help independent European producers. Adam Torel is a British producer living in Japan and CEO of Third Window Films, distributing Japanese and other Asian films in the UK.

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Preston LR2 Demo and Keslow Open House

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On Saturday, July 16, the crew from Preston Cinema Systems pulled into Keslow Camera’s Culver City headquarters on Blackwelder Street for a day of Light Ranger 2 demos and a Keslow Camera Open House. Howard Preston, Alanna Berkson and Matt Davis provided hands-on demos with a large variety of camera and lens combinations equipped with the LR2. The Light Ranger 2 is described by Howard Preston as… read more…

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Teradek Color Cine

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COLR CINE is a new version of Teradek COLR with updated features and a new set of outputs. read more…

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“Cafe Society” opens July 15

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“Cafe Society” opens in the US this Friday, July 15. It should be seen twice. First for the story, acting and directing. The second time for the art of the cinematography. Every frame a Rembrandt…er…a Storaro. The cinematography is spectacular. Although Vittorio will be the first to say that the most important thing in a film is the idea (story, concept), his cinematography is like watching  paintings that move. read more…

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GDU Tilt/Swing Plate

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Global Dynamics United makes the best looking compact tilt/swing plate I’ve seen. It’s simple and quick to use. The GDU Tilt 20 is designed to tilt 20 degrees up or down. You can use it bolted to a piece of plywood as a low hat, attached to a car mount, or just flat on the ground. read more…

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Teradek Sphere

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Teradek’s new Sphere is the core to monitoring a stitched 360 degree VR  quad HD stream wirelessly—without seeing yourself in the shot. It’s like VR Video Assist. Sphere also can do live web streaming of 360 VR content to compatible online platforms. read more…

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FUJIFILM X-T2 Still & 4K/UHD Camera

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FUJIFULM North America today announced the newest in their interchangeable lens X-series cameras, the FUJIFILM X-T2. The X-T2 has received several significant improvements over the 2014 release of its predecessor, the X-T1, including a new 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III SPS-C sensor, a large 2.36 million dot OLED viewfinder, and  4K (3840×2160) video with a .mov file type. The X-T2 also received… read more…

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Interview With RED’s Jarred Land – Episode 2

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This is Episode 2 of “Interviews with Jarred” about RED Digital Cinema, the state of the industry, large format, and more. Another sequel in this saga is inevitable. I expect Episode 3 will include more about RED Helium 8K S35 3.65 micron pixel sensors.

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Sony Full Frame FE 50mm F1.4 ZA Prime Lens

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Sony Electronics has just introduced a new Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA lens with an E-mount. It’s part of the Sony/ZEISS strategic partnership that includes the 16-35mm F4, 24-70 F4, 16-70mm F4, 135mm F1.8, 55mm F1.8, 35mm F1.4, 35mm F2.8, 24mm F2, and 24mm F1.8 lenses. read more…

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LED Lens Projector & News From Chrosziel

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Chrosziel introduced a new, cool, bright LED lens projector with remote focus capability. No more burnt fingers fumbling in the dark of a lens testing room at the rental house or lens repair facility. Chrosziel also has a new Handgrip Extender and Zoom Rocker. read more…

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“Film is Like a Colony”

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Orson Welles said, “Film is like a colony and there are very few colonists. When America was wide open, with the Spanish at the Mexican frontier, the French in Canada, the Dutch in New York, you can be sure that the English would go to a place that was still unoccupied.” He was discussing wide lenses in 1958 Cahiers du Cinéma interviews. The Angénieux Retrofocus 18.5 mm lens was introduced in 1951. What he says sounds familiar today—finding new lenses to define new looks and stand out from the crowd. read more…

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Fujinon Lens Day In Hollywood at ASC

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Tuesday May 24th was Fujinon Day in Hollywood, at the ASC Clubhouse.  It was an afternoon and evening to learn about lens design, technology, applications and Fujinon’s wide selection of PL mount zoom lenses. Workshops and panel discussions explored the creative, optical and budgetary considerations that are critical to modern optics design. Some of the topics, including objective and subjective differences, were: Flare Color Contrast Sharpness… read more…

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Brexit and Film Production

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About Brexit, your broker is surely saying, “Keep calm, carry on, stay the course.” Sinking ships come to mind. Markets hate uncertainty. They also make big bad bets. So do bookies. Online British Betting websites have long been a favorite barometer for predicting Oscar winners and things like this. Not so fast. They were 70% sure that Britain would not exit. Hollywood Tycoons seem happy about… read more…

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Creative Solutions Open House New York

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Creative Solutions opened their doors on June 23rd in the new Greenpoint Creative Solutions Showroom at 190 West Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222. Mark Pederson (CEO / Co-Founder) and Aldey Sanchez (COO / Co-Founder)  hosted about 100 members of the New York production community. CSNY will provide rentals and sales of motion picture and television equipment. read more…

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Tiffen’s Steadicam LA 2016 Workshop

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The Queen Mary Workshop, Long Beach, California, April 2016  by Chris Fawcett, inventor of the Steadicam Fawcett Exovest photos: Nadiya Rodkina Steadicam remains one of the strongest storytelling tools for cinematographers. There is no other way to move the camera that so closely replicates the human experience of vision. Its agility and ability to react instantly and move rapidly in… read more…

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